Phantom penises

30 % of m2f post-op transsexuals claimed to continue to experience the sensation of having a penis

This was a hell of an interesting article at CosmoMagazin eabout the phenomenon of “phantom penises” that post-op transsexuals experience, similar to individuals with amputated limbs.

Experts at the University of California in San Diego, USA, found that 60 per cent of interviewed heterosexual men who had their genitals surgically removed following cancer claimed to continue to experience the sensation of having a penis. Intriguingly, the same study showed that only 30 per cent of originally male transsexuals, whose genitals had been removed as part of gender reassignment, reported the same phenomenon. The researchers also interviewed female-to-male transsexuals, 60 per cent of whom reported the sensation of phantom penises since early childhood.

A mismatch between body image and reality has long been documented in some amputees who continue to report the sensation of having a limb after it has been removed – and even in people born without limbs. Phantom limbs are purported to be the result of ‘cross-wiring’ in the nerves of the brain responsible for the missing limb and surrounding brain regions, said the researchers. The phantom penis phenomenon is thought to be caused by a similar process, and results in patients without a penis still being able to describe its shape and length and even experience “phantom erections”.

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